Frente POLISARIO EU mourns the passing of beloved diplomat, Emhamed_Khadad

Brussels, April 02, 2020 (SPS) –the representation of Frente POLISARIO to European Union EU has sent a letter of condolence to the Sahrawi people following the demise of long-time diplomat and international strategist, Emhamed Khadad.

“Ambassador Khadad was an icon within the Sahrawi community and an accomplished diplomat who dedicated his life to the freedom and self-determination of the Sahrawi people, he served in various capacities as our Chair of its external action committee and coordinator of our relationship with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).”  FP´s representation to EU says in his condolence letter

The letter went on saying that Ambassador Khadad’s service to his people began during his years as a University student in the mid-1970s, when he joined the Saharawi national movement for liberation. As a result of his expertise in international strategy and foreign affairs, he quickly rose the ranks of the Frente POLISARIO’s leadership and emerged as our most esteemed diplomat, serving as a member of the Frente POLISARIO’s negotiating team during successive rounds of UN-led peace talks. 

Ambassador Khadad – added the same letter - was charged with overseeing the Frente POLSIARIO’s relationship with the UN, since the ceasefire brokered with Morocco under UN auspices in 1991, among his responsibilities was that of supervising the identification of an electoral body for the referendum. When Moroccan intransigence halted the implementation of the referendum, he was a key member within the Sahrawi negotiations team in Houston just six years later, and went on to represent the Frente POLISARIO in successive rounds of UN-led peace talks in Europe – including the most recent negotiations held in Geneva in December 2018 and March 2019. 

Ambassador Khadad was an unwavering defender of international law and the rights and dignity of the Saharwi people. From 2011 onwards, he spearheaded the Frente POLISARIO’s legal challenge against Morocco’s illegal plundering of Sahrawi’s natural resources. His efforts were enormously successful, resulting most recently in the European Court of Justice rulings against illegal trade deals agreed between the EU and Morocco, which applied to the territory of Western Sahara, despite having lacked the consent of the Sahrawi people. POLISARIO´s representation to EU concludes its condolence letter SPS